Why Are There Spam Jobs on Care.com?
The answer: It's not spam, it's the Job Wizard!
Have you been looking for a job on Care.com and noticing that some of the openings sound a little similar or generic? Don't worry, it's not spam!
Care.com has a Job Wizard to help families quickly create a job posting.
What Is the Job Wizard?
We know that some people are extremely busy and unfortunately don't have the time create a detailed description of what they're looking for. But they need care.
The majority of families still choose to write out their own job, but when they opt to use the Wizard, they can check off what responsibilities the job entails and any caregiver preferences (for example: people who have a car, enjoy reading to kids and planning outdoor activities). Then the job is created automatically.
Why Create a Job Wizard?
The Wizard is an efficient compromise. Families can still find the care they need and caregivers can still learn about jobs. We don't want you to lose out on any opportunities because families don't have time to write a full job posting.
What Do These Jobs Look Like?
How do you tell if the job you're reading was created with the Wizard? It'll look like all of the other manually written jobs, but say "Posted by Care.com Job Wizard" at the top of the page.
What Does the Wizard Mean for Caregivers?
From the perspective of a job seeker, we know this must seem frustrating. How can you create a unique and thoughtful response based off a generic job description?
When you're responding to an opening that is a little detail-lacking, read the criteria listed and talk about why you're a good fit for each of those points. As with any job, provide lots of interesting information and stories about your background as a nanny, babysitter or other caregiver. Ask the family questions if some things are unclear or unmentioned.
These postings still represent a chance for you to find a great job, with a great family, so make sure you apply!